Divya Malik, Board Secretary

Divya grew up in Mumbai, India. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and a master’s degree in International Political Economy from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, CA. Divya’s involvement with the Peninsula Girls Chorus began in 2012, when her daughters joined Repertoire (Alina) and Allegra (Atiya). They are both singing together in Ensemble now. Divya also serves on the board of the San Mateo High School Foundation. For her daytime job, Divya has worked for several years at Oracle, Corp. where she serves as a Marketing Director.


James McDowell

James earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from William & Mary and his LLM in tax law from New York University. James recently retired after a 25-year career in financial services, primarily at Fidelity, State Street Bank and TIAA in Boston and the Bay Area. James and his wife, Caryn, started volunteering at PGC when their daughter, Juliana, joined Allegra in 2016. Juliana is now singing in Concerta.

James’s passion is supporting lifelong learning. He is in his second year of serving as co-chair of the Endowment and Audit Committee of the Hillsborough School Foundation, and also serves on the Board and as Treasurer of Flying Particles, Inc., a not-for-profit club, training pilots in the Bay Area.


Shashi Deb

Shashi and her family have been long time members of the PGC community since her oldest daughter started in Repertoire in 2004. Her youngest daughter started singing in Repertoire in elementary school, and currently sings in Ensemble.

Shashi was a PGC Board member under the former Artistic Director, and is excited to support the PGC in this role again. She grew up in the Bay Area, obtaining her BA from UC Berkeley, and law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. After practicing IP and business litigation in Big Law, Shashi transitioned to teaching as an adjunct professor of law. Shashi is also passionate about children's education and literacy, and has been on the board of several educational non-profits in the Bay Area.


Lucy Kung

Lucy is a Bay Area native, having grown up in San Francisco. After graduating from UC Davis with a computer science degree, she lived and worked in the South Bay until 2010. Lucy and her family then moved to Millbrae, where they reside now. Lucy currently works at Hewlett Packard Enterprise as a Senior QA Engineer.

Lucy's daughter joined PGC in 2018 and is now singing in Ensemble.


Karyn Silva, Artistic Director, Concerta, Ensemble & PGC Coastside Director

Karyn has a passion and infectious enthusiasm for the art of choral music. With over twenty years of conducting and teaching experience, she is sought after as a master teacher, clinician, and mentor in her field. She is a graduate of Holy Names University, where she earned her Master of Music Education degree with a Kodaly emphasis. Ms. Silva also received her graduate certification in the Orff-Schulwerk approach from Mills College.

Ms. Silva was awarded the distinction of “Teacher of the Year” for the Lincoln Unified School District in 1996 and in 2007 was honored by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) as “Classroom Music Teacher of the Year.” With the exception of Repertoire, she has conducted every choir level at the PGC.

Ms. Silva is actively involved in music education and choral conducting organizations. She was the Youth Choir chairperson for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Conference in 2004, she served on the board of the California Music Educators National Conference from 2005-2006, and recently she has presented sessions at the American Choral Directors (ACDA) and CMEA annual conferences. She is an active member of Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.

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